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17 August 2005, 12:05 pm
50th Anniversary Worlds
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505 World Championship 2005
Warnemünde, Germany

175 entries make the 50th 505 World Championship in Rostock Warnemünde, Germany the biggest ever. The Championship takes place from 20-26 August with the tune up races starting today.
The sailing hotspot on the Baltic seaboard is busy preparing for a record-breaking 175 participating boats. At recent Travemünder Woche, the top teams tuned up for the event. Two time World Champions Wolfgang HUNGER and Holger JESS (GER) won the regatta, followed by two time Kieler Woche winners Claas LEHMANN and Martin SCHOELER (GER). 18 Footer and 505 World Champion Howard HAMLIN and multiple class Champion Cam LEWIS (USA) found it difficult to match the excellent boat speed of the two top German boats and finished third.

Since the current World Champions Morgan LARSON and Trevor BAYLIS (USA) will not defend their title in Warnemünde, these three boats seem the ones to beat. However Olympic gold and bronze medallist Jørgen BOJSEN-MØLLER and his brother, Sailmaker JACOB (DEN), should not be underestimated, just like Mike MARTIN and Jesse FALSONE (USA). MARTIN made the switch from the wire to the helm after winning the Worlds with Howie HAMLIN in 1999.

The 50th Anniversary World Championship will be celebrated with a special event, the HSH Nordbank Night. Several highly accomplished sailors, like America's Cup legend Sir James HARDY, will attend the event.

Gerrit Haaland (As Amended By ISAF)
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